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Informed Consent to Participate in Research


Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) study many topics. To do this, we need the help of people who agree to take part in a research study. This form tells you about this research study. We are asking you to take part in a research study that is called: Survey of Information Literacy Instruction Preparation Activities and Time Management Among Professional Academic Librarians. The person who is in charge of this research study is Maryellen M. Allen. This person is called the Principal Investigator. 

Purpose of the Study

This survey seeks to determine standard practices among professional academic librarians in terms of the kinds of activities instruction librarians engage in when designing and developing instructional materials, and the amount of time spent, on average, on each activity.

Why are you being asked to take part?

We are asking you to take part in this research study because as a professional academic librarian, we believe your experiences and expertise in the area of library instruction and curriculum development will provide valuable information and insights that will further the understanding of teaching in librarianship.


Study Procedures

If you take part in this study, you will be asked to answer 15 questions as part of an electronic online survey. These questions will attempt to gather information regarding your instructional preparatory activities, the amount of time you spend on instructional preparation, and the degree to which you feel prepared and supported in your instructional activities. All responses will be anonymous and no effort will be made to link your responses to your individual institution.


Alternatives / Voluntary Participation / Withdrawal

Participation in this study is voluntary. You have the alternative to choose not to participate in this research study. 

You should only take part in this study if you want to volunteer; you are free to participate in this research or withdraw at any time.  There will be no penalty or loss of benefits you are entitled to receive if you stop taking part in this study. 


Benefits and Risks

You will receive no direct benefit from this study. This research is considered to be minimal risk.


We will not pay you for the time you volunteer while being in this study. 


Privacy and Confidentiality

We must keep your study records as confidential as possible. It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses because you are responding online. 

Certain people may need to see your study records. By law, anyone who looks at your records must keep them completely confidential. The only people who will be allowed to see these records are: The principle investigator;  The University of South Florida Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  • It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses.  Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used.  No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet.  However, your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet.  If you complete and submit an anonymous survey and later request your data be withdrawn, this may or may not be possible as the researcher may be unable to extract anonymous data from the database.



Contact Information


If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the USF IRB at (813) 974-5638 or contact by email at If you have questions regarding the research, please contact the Principal Investigator at 813-974-9870 or by email:


We may publish what we learn from this study. If we do, we will not let anyone know your name. We will not publish anything else that would let people know who you are. You can print a copy of this consent form for your records.  

I freely give my consent to take part in this study.  I understand that by proceeding with this survey that I am agreeing to take part in research and I am 18 years of age or older.

Access the survey here: